Interpretation & Adult Education Intern
Employment TypePaid Internship (Full-time)
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is hiring!
Are you a student who is passionate about plants and our environment, loves interacting with people, and committed to supporting the Gardens’ IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) goals? We’re looking for an Interpretive Exhibits Intern excited about inspiring meaningful connections among people, plants, and nature in one of the most beautiful settings in Maine. See the full listing on our website: https://www.mainegardens.org/employment/
This internship prepares college students to enter the field of environmental or museum education by providing hands-on experience with interpretation, informal education, classes, and demonstrations in a public garden setting. In particular, the intern in this position will immerse themselves in our Butterfly House and Learning Apiary, taking care of live specimens, interacting with visitors, and providing informal education to the public. This internship allows students to learn how the Education Department leverages the incredible resource that is our landscape and gardens in a wide variety of learning modes and settings to serve our diverse customer and visitor base.
Full-time, hourly, $15.75 per hour
Mid-May through Late August 2024
40 hours/week, including one weekend day from approximately mid-May to late August. Flexible start and end date. The successful candidate is responsible for his/her own transportation to and from the workplace. Intern housing is available for a biweekly rate.
Physical and environmental factors:
This position has consistent, moderate physical demands. The position frequently involves hands-on garden education. Work is performed both indoors and outdoors, often in inclement weather (hot, cold, wet). The employee should be prepared for active physical work as a regular component of the workday throughout the Gardens’ open season.
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is committed to creating an inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible (IDEA) environment where every member of our community is valued, respected, and appreciated. Just as our landscapes and gardens are more resilient and beautiful through their diversity, we strive to promote IDEA principles on our team by embracing cultural and individual differences.
Duties & Responsibilities
Learn the art and science of live interpretation in a public garden setting.
Build proficiency in educating on botany, environmental science, and horticulture topics.
Provide live interpretation to guests at our Native Moth & Butterfly House, Discovery Carts, and Learning Apiary.
Work closely with volunteers and trained docents.
Support Entomologist and Educator in care of live insects in Native Moth & Butterfly House and Learning Apiary, including things such as caterpillar rearing, beehive monitoring and garden maintenance.
Interact with students and visitors by providing informal educational experiences in both structured and unstructured settings.
Support our Adult Education programming by assisting with course registration, online moderation, in-person class management, and evaluations of our programs.
Learn and deliver best practices in guest experience.
Education and Experience
Must enjoy and be comfortable socially engaging with the public.
Demonstrates efficient organizational skills.
Ability to work in a fast paced, teamwork environment.
An interest in environmental issues, plants, nature and the outdoors, and a desire to learn more about the role of education in a public garden and museum setting.
Some coursework/experience in the field of education, plant science, botany, biology, environmental sciences or a related field.
Experience using databases and spreadsheets is preferred.
Commitment to working across the organization to support the integration of IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility) principles into Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’s internal operations and its relationships with visitors and guests.